HDC Behaviour,  run by experienced animal behaviour consultant Susan Gammage, horses_3 provides a compassionate, scientific-based service to help owners who have problems with horse behaviour.

Horse Behaviour Problems

Horses can develop behavioural problems for many reasons. By understanding how horses live in the wild, we can see that the different ways we keep our horses can impact on their behaviour.horses_1

From an understanding of how horses learn we can see how various training methods can change the way a horse behaves. With this understanding we can then choose the best method to use with our horses.

Horse behaviour problems include bucking, rearing, pacing, spooking, napping, difficulty loading pick up feet, fear of tack, problems leading, catching, aggression, biting, separation anxiety, fearfulness, reluctance to jump, or even just help settling an horse in to a new yard.

Contact us to discuss your horse’s behavioural problem, and a positive way forward for you and your horse.


Horse Behaviour Consultation
Once you have contacted us to discuss your horse’s behaviour, we will obtain a veterinary referral.

  • We will visit your horse at the yard where they are kept.
  • Initial consultations last for between one and two hours.
  • For safety reasons we do not require a display of the behavioural problem.
  • Your horse needs to be in safe environment for the consultation.
  • The known history of the horse, the horses daily routine, and a description of the behaviour plus events surrounding the problem will be taken to provide a prognosis.
  • An individual behavioural programme is agreed upon between the behaviourist and the client for a way forward to solving the problem.

Details of the behaviour modification programmes will be sent to the referring vet.

Consultation Rates

Initial Consultation: £95
Follow-up Consultations: £65
Travel: 40p per mile from TN7 4EA

Full behaviour report, on request £50

Testimonials will appear here soon …


Susan Gammage Equine Behaviourist shared A Bit More Choice's post. ...

BHS FELLOWS RELEASE STATEMENT ABOUT HEAD AND NECK POSITION OF THE RIDDEN HORSE ”Horses who are repeatedly restricted by being worked clearly behind the vertical, either ridden or on the lunge, often with a very shortened and low position of the neck and with little relationship to the way the horse works as a whole, by people ignorant of the physical and mental damage caused ARE BEING TRAINED IN AN UNACCEPTABLE MANNER THAT SHOULD BE CONDEMNED BY ALL EQUINE SPORTS NATIONAL GOVERNING BODIES. These horses are frequently unhappy and tense, working with an unnatural way of going that produces physical stress and damage resulting in a shortened useful life. Judges, stewards and other officials receive training towards being able to clearly understand the correct training of horses. The Fellows of the British Horse Society would encourage all governing bodies to include LDR and it’s implications in all future seminars."

Susan Gammage Equine Behaviourist shared Meadow Family Rescue & Rehab's post. ...

Sometimes people can worry that their horse will injure themselves while they run in the field. This can be a reason for limiting turnout time. But, the problem is when turnout is limited and the horses then are put out they do 'over do it' and are more likely to injure themselves. Especially as they are running after standing still in a stable for so long. Whereas the three boys pictured below have never been confined in their life. Yes they love to run and play. But they do so safely as it is something they are well practiced at and their bodies are warmed up from marching to the water etc. In the 3 years of seeing these horses everyday I have never once seen a cut on their legs from kicking themselves accidentally. So, how do we avoid horses injuring themselves at pasture? Leave them in it 24/7 so that it's not a big deal, it's just their home. ...